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Poster: Rings&Bells Date: Jul 25, 2009 7:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: My Attempt Not to Hate the 80s (Redux)

Some of you may remember that I sought 80s recs quite a few moons ago. I listened to quite a few of the shows and didn't really get into them enough to explore that much disparaged decade further. Now I feel it is time to take another plunge into the only decade I ignore completely (Bruce makes '91 somewhat tolerable and occasionally refreshing). What I am asking for is a year-by-year list (similar to the Playin' and Dark Star ones that I'm fond of) of ONE show that you believe to be THE show representative of all that a particular year has to offer. If it is of any help, the only show I enjoy from the entire decade (admittedly, I have listened to very few) is the 3/13/81 show from Utica. Thanks in advance for helping me break my numerical mental barrier!

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Poster: whirlwind dreamer 65-95 Date: Jul 25, 2009 7:56pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: My Attempt Not to Hate the 80s (Redux)

you could always check this one out.i enjoyed it for years> http://www.archive.org/details/gd83-09-02.fob-aud.nawrocki.17958.sbeok.flac enjoy rings n bells

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Jul 26, 2009 4:08pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: My Attempt Not to Hate the 80s (Redux)

My favorite year is '77, with '72 close behind...and my prefrences run generally '76-'79 for what I consider "the best" Dead. That being said....

When you're talkin' quality 80's, you gotta go early, then late. Skip the middle of the decade (for the most part...there are a few '84 gems sprinkled in) and you're in for a treat. For the early bits:

Get the official "Go to Nassau" release of the 5/15-16/80 shows. Unreal stuff. Clean, sharp, jamming, Jerry in fine voice. All you could want.

For here on the LMA, check out one of the best AUDs ever and an AMAZING show from Hampton:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd81-05-01.wise.clugston.2218.sbeok.shnf

This show is an ordinary-looking set list with triple AAA performances, esp. LIG>DEAL (scorching), ALTHEA, and a sick STRANGER>FRANKLINS. Great 2nd set too w/a standout WHEEL.

Then for an '82 treat, I love this show from the Frost:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd82-10-10.sbd.sacks.338.sbefail.shnf

Has one of the best T-JEDS ever, and so much more. Tight playing throughout. Brent shines. Even the BABY BLUE encore is killer.

Then imagine if you had been lucky enough to be in Augusta, ME. for one of the truly best shows of the decade. The 2nd set is legandary ending in a DEW that rivals 5/8/77. Everything from UJB through the insane Space>PITB>UJB reprise will blow your mind. And 1st set is no slouch either (ON THE ROAD AGAIN, CR&S are amazing.)

http://www.archive.org/details/gd84-10-12-oade.sacks.8795.sbefail.shnf

Then ignore most all of '85-'88 (yes, there are some exceptions. SPAC '85 is sweet.) But if you really want a best-of-80's head straight to the summer ALPINE VALLEY run of 1989. (7/17-19/89). All 3 shows are worthy of any decade's great ones.

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Poster: billydlions Date: Jul 25, 2009 8:52pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: My Attempt Not to Hate the 80s (Redux)

9-6-80
3-9-81
8-10-82
4-13-83
7-13-84
6-27-85
9-18-87
3-27-88
10-16-89

If I could pick 1 show as the very best it's easily 3-9-81. Sorry about no links, but it's getting late on the east coast.

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Jul 26, 2009 12:33am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: My Attempt Not to Hate the 80s (Redux)

10-15-83 is one of my favorites from the '80s - a great Playin'>China & space, no annoying predrums tunes in the second set, some good stuff in the first set, highly recommended:
http://www.archive.org/details/gd83-10-15.beyer-ficca-brennan.ficca.20024.sbeok.shnf

I also second the rec for the 9-2-83 show someone mentioned - they came out swinging for the citizens of Boise....

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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: Jul 26, 2009 9:03am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: My Attempt Not to Hate the 80s (Redux)

Lake Placid, NY - Oct 17, 1983. This is a great show for someone like me who loves the heck out of the earlier years. I rarely venture into 80's and 90s GD. The Lake Placid show is a pure gem. It opens with one of the best Sugarees ever played - absolutely flawless in performance and drive.

Reminds me of the 2 June shows in Anchorage in 1980. What are they doing playing these remote gigs in the great white North, and undoubtedly losing money? Yet they play remarkably well.

The Boys take a stand for The People and draw a line in the sand. Listen to Bobby, at 5:00 into Good Lovin'. The band goes into an interlude, and builds on it, reminiscent of Lovelight.

"I wanna tell ya all about it now.
'cause we gotta make it work some how.
I don't have to tell you what it's like these days.
Sometimes you can't see shit through the smoke and the haze.
You gotta have good lovin'."

Good Lovin' builds brilliantly from there. Listen to what Bobby says and sings next. The band is standing up for our environment and mother Earth. Sustainable life on Earth is for all of us. They take this theme into the crescendo of Good Lovin', the closing tune for the concert. And then, they come back out and do a tasty encore with "Revolution". It appears to me they are rebelling against the early Reagan years, and standing shoulder-to-shoulder with John Lennon, so to speak.

The Grateful Dead should be in the "Hall of Fame" not just for all their fine music and amazing concerts, but also for all their benefit shows, activism and civic stewardship over the years. I believe Bohemian Grove is an aberration by former GD members Bobby and Mickey - but NOT something by The Grateful Dead.

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Poster: B.C. Cox Date: Jul 26, 2009 5:04pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: My Attempt Not to Hate the 80s (Redux)

enough said !
http://www.archive.org/details/gd83-03-27.sennheiser.dodd.11261.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: barongsong Date: Jul 26, 2009 6:34am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: My Attempt Not to Hate the 80s (Redux)

For what it' worth.
80- not well versed in this year but 6-9 as mentioned before is a must.
81- many many great shows but since nobody else mentioned it 8-28 second set is an all time favorite of mine.
82- also many good ones but I'll go with 8-7
83- difficult to decide but right now it's either 9-2 or 10-17
84- another year I don't know enough to say if it's the best but I'll go with 6-24
85- I'm gonna go with Saratoga again with 6-27
86- Don't go here much but I do like the 12-30 show mentioned
87- Gotta go with the 4-2,3 Worcester shows here for their balls to the walls rocking goodness. Stick with the Miller Auds. for these.
88- The 6-30 rochester sec set gans sbd is my pick for this year if you don't mind that it's reversed. if so stick to the spring 3-27 or 4-1
89- Stratocaster has the main ones in his post but I'll add 7-7 and maybe even 12-28 to the list.

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Poster: SkyDawg Date: Jul 26, 2009 12:12am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: My Attempt Not to Hate the 80s (Redux)

The band played this club on borrowed instruments on Bobby's birthday for a gig that the band has spoken of with much fondness. This "OOPs" show is a gas to listen to if nothing else... "Hully Gully"? "G-L-O-R-I-A"? The revival of "Lovelight"? Playing a stealth gig in a hash bar? I would go for it. Music to make you smile.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1981-10-16.mtx.chappell.sb27.95431.flac16

Another favorite or two:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1980-11-30.nak700-set2.wagner.miller.90497.sbeok.flac16

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1982-10-10.sonyecm220T.keshavan.miller.93732.sbeok.flac16

This post was modified by SkyDawg on 2009-07-26 07:12:15

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Jul 26, 2009 4:26am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: My Attempt Not to Hate the 80s (Redux)

I'm sure you are abundantly aware of my disdain for the music from this period. However, this is one of only a handfull of 80's performances that I can enjoy...

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1981-05-16.sbd.miller.30647.sbeok.flac16

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Jul 25, 2009 8:02pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: My Attempt Not to Hate the 80s (Redux)

http://www.archive.org/details/gd87-09-18.sbd-remaster.cole.19002.sbeok.shnf



quintessential show of '87 and certainly one of the best ever 2nd half of 2nd set of all time. The MD will rip tears out of your eyes (my favorite MD of all time, so i am biased)

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Poster: DeadRed1971 Date: Jul 26, 2009 5:50pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: My Attempt Not to Hate the 80s (Redux)

I'm with a couple of you guys on 10-15-83 Hartford Civic Center. I saw DSO play this set recently at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, and it really made me go back and rediscover it. This has some of the better post-Godchauxs NMB, Let It Grow, and China Cat/Rider, versions.

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Poster: stratocaster Date: Jul 25, 2009 9:46pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: My Attempt Not to Hate the 80s (Redux)

10-10-1980 without question
05-06-1981
10-10-1982, close second 08-03-1982
10-15-1983
10-12-1984
06-30-1985, 06-25-1985, 06-16-1985
12-30-1986, close second to 03-24-1986
09-18-1987, 07-08-1987
07-19-1989, 06-21-1989, 10-16-1989

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Poster: patkelleyPA Date: Jul 26, 2009 8:30am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: My Attempt Not to Hate the 80s (Redux)

Cant go wrong with 6/25/85. Garcia makes about 2 mistakes the whole night, and the rest of the band is firing on all cylinders.

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Poster: Grateful Rat Date: Jul 26, 2009 8:11am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: My Attempt Not to Hate the 80s (Redux)

Not being a big fan of the 80's or auds the one from 5/13/83 stands out for me..The recording places you at the concert with good quality of sound and "you are there" atmosphere as you listen to the people around you. The first Hell in a Bucket debuts as well. Thanks to all for the other suggestions to expand my appreciation of this span

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Poster: tigerbolt Date: Jul 25, 2009 8:21pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: My Attempt Not to Hate the 80s (Redux)

since your a fan of playin in the band check out
this show http://www.archive.org/details/gd1981-12-27.sbd.gans.33568.sbeok.flac16 playin
is actually track 14.sweet versions of lay me down,
deep elm,althea,samson,wheel well the whole show
is solid and overlooked.enjoy.


This post was modified by tigerbolt on 2009-07-26 03:21:05

the link was not working,trying again.
http://www.archive.org/details/gd1981-12-27.sbd.gans.33568.sbeok.flac16

This post was modified by tigerbolt on 2009-07-26 03:21:34